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Social Inequality in the City Panel Discussion

November 02, 2015

Inequality has been rising for three decades in Canada. In Vancouver, the gap also continues to grow. Inequality is associated with decreasing health outcomes, poorer education levels, higher rates of mental illness, higher levels of incarceration and less social mobility. Minimum wage, social assistance rates and income levels generally, have not kept pace with the cost of living in cities. The number of people who are self-employed and underemployed has grown, while seniors' poverty has increased. This panel discussed the impacts of social inequality in Vancouver and offer policy ideas for civic governments to consider.


Mary Clare Zak, Managing Director, Social Policy & Project Division, City of Vancouver

Matt Hern, instructor in SFU Urban Studies and author of Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future, Co-founder/Director of 2+10 Industries

Paul Taylor, Executive Director of Gordon Neighborhood House in the West End, and formerly Executive Director of the DTES Neighborhood House

Viveca Ellis, Single Mothers Alliance

Margot Young, law professor at UBC

Bill Beauregarde, Community Coordinator, Aboriginal Front Door Society

Moderated by Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight

Co-presented by

SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Vancouver City Planning Commission


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